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fissures of rocks, or in holes dug by itself. It is a purely nocturnal
The singular genus Mydaus, containing the species Ml meli-
ceps, the Teleciu or Javanese Skunk, is an inhabitant of Java and
Sumatra. It frequents the mountains of these islands, into the
soil of which it burrows in search of worms and larvae. There
is but one species, which is " like a miniature badger, of rather
eccentric colours," It is blackish brown, with a yellowish-white
top to its head, and a stripe of the same colour down the back.
It may be distinguished by its elongated snout, obliquely trun-
cated, and with inferiorly-placed nostrils. As to osteological
characters, it has a more oblique symphysis of the mandible
than in any other Carnivore. The secretion of the anal glands
is said to rival that of the Skunk in offensiveness and in the
distance to which it can be propelled.
Sirb-Fam. 2. Mustelinae.—Representatives occur in both the
Old and New Worlds ; but the genera and even the species are in
oiie or two cases common to both.
G-alictis 'bcur'bara} the Tayra, is a brown, elongated, and Weasel-
FIG. 219.—Tayra. Galictis barbara.
like animal from Mexic :> and South America. As is the case with
the Weasel, it is sometimes gregarious, a herd of twenty having
been observed. The soles of the feet are naked, and the molar
formula is Pm -f M ^. In these characters the Orison (&. vittata)
agrees with G-. Barbara; but it h#s been referred to a different
The Orison, " this savage and diabolical-looking weasel/' as
1 See Trans. Zool. Soc. ii, 1841, p. 201.
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